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Apr
14

Let’s Celebrate Passover!

Plates of Passover meal

Passover (Hebrew Pesach) is the most widely observed Jewish holiday. It commemorates and celebrates both God’s freeing of the Israelite slaves from Egypt and the beginning of the Nation of Israel (Exod. 12:14). Although originally one of the pilgrim feasts which required worshipers to travel to Jerusalem (Deut. 16:16), since the destruction of the Temple…
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Mar
12

Jesus and Tithing

Piles of money

Shortly after the posting of my blog on tithing I was alerted to that fact that a well-known Christian leader and pastor had published a blog on tithing and had taking an opposing view. He argued from Matthew 23:23, that Jesus had said, “Don’t neglect tithing.” Certainly, if Jesus said this we should obey his…
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Feb
25

Baptism: Meaning and Mode

Crowd at lake shore for baptism

The word “baptize” is a Greek word which has been adopted into the English language as part of our Christian vocabulary. The root word baptō means “to dip” or “dip into dye.” Baptizō is an intensive form of baptō and means “to dip” or “to immerse.” This word is used in the Greek translation of…
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Feb
18

Tithing for New Covenant Believers–Yes or No?

Offering plate with money in it.

Growing up I remember our pastor at First Baptist Church of Eugene (Oregon) exhorting the church members before taking the offering with the words, “Now we are ready to receive the Lord’s tithe and your offering.” A tithe was thought to be the basic minimum for Christian giving. The “offering” was regarded as a voluntary…
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Feb
14

Top Ten Books from Dr. J. Carl Laney

black and white photo of lined up books

The TransformedBlog asked the faculty of Western Seminary to give a brief list of the most influential books (other than the Bible) that they have read. Dr. J. Carl Laney, Professor of Biblical Literature, lists his 10 most influential books – other than those that he’s written:)   Walt Kaiser, The Promise Plan of God. This is a classic…
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